Want to try something new for Halloween this year? How about FEAR at Avon Valley in Bristol? This is a type of ‘fright night’, akin to something you’ll find somewhere like Thorpe Park. But is it worth it for Halloween? And is it scary? Let me tell you…
A Frightful Tale at Avon Valley’s FEAR
My story starts on a chilly All Hallow’s Eve here in Bristol. The night was pitch black, my breath was swirling up in mist from my mouth and my witch’s hat caused spooky shadows around me.
We eagerly waited in line with our tickets, whilst a fiery sign spelling FEAR glowed overhead.
Upon arriving inside Avon Valley, we were greeted by an odd array of sights: cotton candy stalls crafting fluffy pink clouds of sugar, axe murderers encircling large groups of people whilst menacingly thrusting their chainsaws near everyone and clowns giggling at the madness.
My heart raced…
Towards the outskirts of the park were entrances to fright mazes of different varieties:
- Phobia: Based on clinical trials to “cure” us of our fears
- Purgatory: A prison-like atmosphere
- Killzone: Escape the virus epidemic!
We chose one of the attractions and found ourselves instantly thrust into darkness. We were told to keep our hands on the person’s shoulders in front and to shuffle forward.
On we went through the maze. We were met with faces in the dark, bloody hospital patients and yet more axe murderers.
At one point we were thrust forward onto our hands and knees and told not to look up. On we crawled in the pitch black.
With every shuffle forward, I lost the person in front of me. Finally, I became trapped in a dark tunnel unable to hear anyone around me or see anything. I was trapped here for several minutes until my husband came to rescue me.
Through all of this, my heart hammered against my rib cage. Sweat poured down my forehead. My palms became clammy.
Was it scary? Yes. Was it worth it for Halloween? I’d say so.
Maybe for this one though, leave the kids at home and enjoy an epic date night instead.
Want more UK Halloween ideas? Check out Burley Village in the New Forest! >>
What to expect at FEAR
For the most part, the FEAR at Avon Valley event is a fright night akin to what you’d find at Thorpe Park.
Whilst here, you can scare yourself rotten inside a selection of horror mazes, watch street performances and horror shows, view fire displays, have a go on fairground rides and buy traditional fairground treats like popcorn, soda and cotton candy.
Alternatively, you can sometimes buy Groupon vouchers for the event like we did (sneaky!) Dressing up is encouraged but you’re not able to wear masks, so take this into account when planning your costume.
This year, the event is running from October 18th to November 2nd. The last admissions are at 10pm – spooktastic!
Thinking about buying a VIP ticket for FEAR and not sure if you should? Check out our review here!
Do you think you’d give this a go for Halloween? What would make your heart quicken?
Want more UK Halloween inspiration? Check out our other posts:
- FEAR at Avon Valley: The VIP Experience [Review]
- Haunted Sudeley Castle at Halloween [Review]
- Burley Witch Shop: Witchcraft & Smuggling in Burley Village
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